The handshake between Giulio Zeppieri and Cameron Norrie (Getty Images)
Lorenzo Sonego : Pending…
Giulio Zeppieri : “It was a fight. Great player, great experience, came back strong in the third round. Maybe I'll do better next time. Little satisfaction. I'm sad, but I'm not disappointed. I gave it my all, in a 3 out of 5 game there is time to recover. When you go 2-0 against players of this caliber, the level goes up. I struggled to keep up with him, I dropped my serve, I hit fewer first balls. In the fifth round I had a break point at 2:1, a sensational point at 4:3 and 30:30, with the victorious service break point on the line. I played mine, he was good. The interruption due to rain had no impact. After the third one, they may have even helped me. I have nothing in my legs, just a little tiredness, which is normal when you play a lot. I was fine and could play again. At the end, in the penultimate game, I lacked a bit of courage, but physically I was fine and there were no problems.
In the fifth set I had a break point at 2:1, then there was a sensational point at 4:3, 30 all… then the win was on the line, winner… I did mine, good job for him. There may have been a bit of courage missing in the game before last, but when you play with people at this level, that's what happens. The longer they fight, the more important the moments are and the more their habit of playing under pressure develops.
I broke my 100% win rate in the fifth round, which devastates me (jokes). I was perhaps the only player with 100%. If you play with base players who are stronger than you and if you go into the fight better prepared, he may win today, but we know that the work done is good and we will continue to do so it. The trip was positive, I had an excellent slam: I won well in the qualification, in the first round I won a good match with Lajovic, today it was a fight against a player who is more used to these matches than me .
Now I'm going to Latina, rest a bit, then I'll do Montpellier and Marseille, with the prospect of playing the qualification for the American 1000 m, this year we will always play in the ATP if there are no problems. A special message that made me happy? An Instagram page wrote: “Zeppieri plays two sets like a champ, but three were needed.” And I wrote “I know.” Then he laughs and adds: “Thank the c****.”
Jasmine Paolini : “There was a bit of worry, the last time with her I lost 75 to 61, a match in which I made a lot of mistakes, but today I came in with clear ideas and that gave me a lot of order and limited the mistakes. I played a really good match.
I'm happy with the level I'm showing, today it wasn't as easy a game as one would have imagined. I knew her well, she plays a lot of slices, last time I was surprised, but today I had clear ideas and as soon as I managed to get a piece of the court, I came closer and tried to get to the net too.
Renzo (Furlan) gives me complete freedom, for this match I spoke to both him and Sara Errani, who has faced her many times and knows her well. With Renzo we try to analyze the game, but a lot depends on what you perceive on the pitch.”
I played against Rybakina at Central in Cincinnati and in Rome, I know what to expect: she serves well and pushes the ball a lot. Things went well at Wimbledon at Centrale, I tried to enjoy it, it's nice to play in front of so many people, maybe there will be less wind here and I sincerely hope so.”
PAOLINI: “CLEAR IDEAS AND FEW MISTAKES, THE THIRD ROUND MEANS A LOT TO ME”
Martina Trevisan : “The start wasn’t easy, the immediate 1:5 deficit didn’t help,” said Martina. I even managed to get behind them again in the rankings, but that wasn't enough. Today we played in very difficult conditions; We entered the court with strong wind, then there were interruptions, we left again, again the rain… She is a special player, she has flashes at a good level, also because she plays tennis really well, but she does not I don't do this all year round in a stable and the ranking obviously says so.
It's always complicated to play with her because she doesn't set a rhythm, she shoots hard, serves well and alternates moments in which she takes everything off the pitch with moments in which she only scores winning goals. However, I would like to make the exchange long-term; I tried to be consistent, but it only worked intermittently and especially when I needed it, it worked less. If I had managed to get a game or two above his game, it probably would have suffered. I didn't succeed, so we don't have any certainty, but I definitely would have had more chances.
I'm sorry about today, but I'm leaving Australia with positive feelings. I've worked a lot and I'm sure that with peace of mind I'll bring the best feelings to the pitch. Now I'm going home and getting back to work. On the 28th I'm going to Linz, then I'm registered for Cluj and Doha. Let's see how the tournament goes in Linz and then I'll decide whether I'll continue indoors or go straight to Doha. Then Dubai and the United States.”